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Health Care Hall of Fame

Dr. Charles A. LeMaistre
Inducted in 2015

Dr. Charles A. LeMaistre
1924-
Inducted in 2015


For LeMaistre, a former longtime president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his association with the University of Texas spanned 37 years, including serving for seven years as chancellor. In that role, he led efforts that significantly expanded opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds and that opened UT branches throughout the state.

He was the youngest member of the first U.S. surgeon general's Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health, which helped produce the landmark 1964 report citing use of tobacco products as a major risk factor in lung cancer.

In 1978, LeMaistre became the second president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, which he would lead until his retirement in 1996. Under his leadership, MD Anderson broadened its research programs and clinical-care services, raising its reputation to one of the top cancer centers in the world.

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